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The SciNight Journal Club is an open forum in which students and faculty can meet to informally discuss primary scientific research articles.
During the Fall 2018 semester, the journal club will meet every other Thursdays at 7:30pm on the North Las Vegas campus in room C-2638. Campus map.
Each SciNight session the article to be discussed will be posted on this website below. Download the article, read it, and come ready to discuss what you have learned with your fellow students and various faculty.
The articles will come from different disciplines within the sciences to address a variety of research interests here at CSN. The general topic of each session will be one of the following:
First Meeting of the Month
Second Meeting of the Month
|Sep 6||Biological Science|
|Sep 20||Physical Science|
|Oct 4||Biological Science|
|Oct 25||Physical Science|
|Nov 1||Biological Science|
|Nov 15||Physical Science|
|Nov 29||One Book One Campus - Dreamland Event|
Last year the first confirmed extraterrestrial object passed through our Solar System; we named it 'Oumuamua. It was not an asteroid, and not a comet. Could it have been a construct of an extraterrestrial civilization? As unlikely as that sounds, scientists have not been able to say, "No, it's not." The first paper talks about how 'Oumuamua was unusual, while the second speculates on whether, if it were an artifact, it could have survived the trip.Could solar radiation pressure explain Oumuamua's peculiar acceleration?
SciNight is teaming up with One Book / One College to present a special discussion event on Dreamland:The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.(copies of the book are also available in the library)
Scientific writings can be misunderstood and misrepresented. Let's discuss the role research and scientific communications played in the current opiate crisis. We will focus our discussion on the following chapters and scientific communications:
The Molecule (pg36), The Poppy (pg52), The Pain (pg80), The Revolution (pg92), The Landmark Study (pg107), Purdue (pg125), Swing with OxyContin (pg132), The Treatment is You (pg310)
Deactivation of Prions
A prion is an infectious protein particle. In other words, it is a protein that causes disease. Prions mainly cause encephalopathies, spongy brain tissue. Some examples of the diseases caused by prions are Mad Cow Disease, Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease and Chronic Wasting Disease. One of the largest problems with dealing with prions is that there are very few ways to destroy them. At the moment, incineration is the only sure way. Exciting news, is that there is an enzyme found in lichens that could hold the answer. Serine protease has been shown, in laboratory experiments to deactivate prions. This could be the start to discovering an in vivo way to combat this pathogen.
We will discuss this paper:
Commentary on paper to help understand it better:
How did the humongous sauropod dinosaurs like brontosaurus get so big?
Barriers to Women in Science
What happens to women on the way to becoming scientists? Why do fewer women make it through the process?
This week's paper shows the new idea that plants use signaling molecules for long range communication similarly to animals long range signaling
Supplementary information for reference but will most likely not need to print and bring with you to the meeting
The most important molecules for life are proteins, which are made of amino acids. Where do amino acids come from?
Feed the bacteria in the gut and increase mood?